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Stereophonics’ Word Gets An Appreciation Of The Cinematic Masterpiece

may have turned into a rock band, but their album is a generation defining, record.

I don’t really get 90s and I think it might be down to more than anything, a I can’t appreciate, or relate to. The head of this fair has on more than one occasion me the reason I don’t dig The Stone or Oasis is because I wasn’t He’s probably right.

one 90s band holds a place in my and one 90s album: Stereophonics’ “Word Around”, a precocious terrier of a and, hear me out on this as good a concept album as has been made.

I was 8 years old when Word Around came out, so, not old to go to any of the dive-bar gigs the Phonics have played in various shitholes up and down God’s own but old enough to know that a) were Welsh and b) they doing well, so I should like them. When 8 and you live in a little town, take what you can get in terms of stories, and the Phonics all looked my cousin’s mates, and came a town half the size of

The album opens with the A Thousand Trees . which the tone for the rest of the record, and thematically. “Standing at the bus stop my shopping in my hand, as I’m overhearing ladies, as the rumours start to – that’s it. That’s small life. Rumour.

Gossip. In this case, a pillar of a accused of being a paedophile, his left in tatters by the end of the song.

the nuances of the story that it such a great song – there’s clearly reverence for the “they all honoured his name / he did a lot for the almost a willingness from an generation not to accept that friend, colleague, teacher be guilty of this terrible Even by the end of the song, his picture dust in the bar. It’s up in the bar though.

Deceptively tragic.

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Continuing the theme, Local Boy In The Photograph . deals with the aftermath of a …, is another highlight the record. It’s a really song but says so much so few words. You really get the sense of how one can send shockwaves through a and how though life goes to normal, it’s a strange, kind of reality.

The central image is one of stasis, of trapped in time. When talk you never really the big events, they never being talked about, and so you move on.

Which brings me to the song of the record – Billy Daughter – which ties the together. I love that is the first name you hear on the Billy Davey could be any of the referred to so far, he could be the from A Thousand Trees . or the daughter could be the schoolgirl home.

I love that she’s in relation to her family, even in she’s being talked gossiped about. “I remember they found her” – what a heartbreaking line is.

Funny, fully-formed characters each and every song on album. They’re in every car in . shopping for cauliflowers in More In A Tramp’s Vest, all making of themselves in Too Many Sandwiches, about their business and unglamorously in Goldfish Bowl . the kind of characters I used to see town, who my Mum used to teach, who chuck rugby balls on the Lant and go swimming in the river, neck pints at the White and fight in the car park after. might be a fairly naff nowadays, they won’t get for the Mercury and nobody will anything they do “important”, but Gets Around is as cinematic a as I can imagine, a phenomenal piece of and well worth rediscovering.

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